Henn and Møller picked to expand ‘iconic’ German hospital

Jim Dunton

Henn and C F Møller's proposals for University Hosptial RWTH Aachen

Duo beats 12 practices to land University Hospital RWTH Aachen job

Berlin-based Henn Arkitekten and Danish practice CF Møller Architects have won an international competition for a new 35,000sq m hospital extension in Germany’s westernmost city.

The duo beat 12 other practices to design the new facilities for University Hospital RWTH Aachen, which they described as the country’s “most iconic hotel complex”.

Their proposals would deliver a central surgery area with 31 separate surgery units, three intensive-care units, a day clinic, and new central entrance at the existing 1970s hospital, which is a listed building.

A large proportion of Henn and Møller’s scheme would be delivered underground to minimise the impact on the existing hospital building, with new park areas on top of the facilities.

The winning proposal’s volume rises towards the hospital’s new public entrance.

Hospital commercial director Peter Asché said Henn and Møller’s vision was functional, transparent and futuristic, and “harmoniously integrated” the new facilities into the existing core building.

 

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